Crossing the Line Ceremony

Photographs of the ancient naval ceremony held when a vessel crosses the equator, during which those who have not previously 'crossed the line' must pay homage to King Neptune and his royal court - usually by means of trials and punishments, most of which are smelly and foul in nature. SLINGER crossed the equator on February 8th 1945 in the Indian Ocean.

 

 

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Thanks to the following individuals for supplying the images; the symbols identify which images belong to which donor, images with no symbol are from the collections of John Lawson & Tony Drury:

 

* images taken from the photo album of the late Reg Hunt, Stores Assistant.
Reg served in HMS SLINGER 29 August 1943 to 8 November 1945.

∞ Kindly supplied by Mr. David Yates, part of a collection of materials that belonged to his grandfather Able Seaman Herbert Wilkinson who Served on HMS SLINGER September 1944 to December1945.

 

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